PolyOne’s GLS™ Thermoplastic Elastomer Used to Create Wearable Phone & Locator for Kids

Filip Technologies was able to subdue an all-too-familiar parental anxiety last year when it introduced the FiLIP™ 2, a wearable phone and locator for kids. It’s unique blend of GPS, Wi-Fi location, and GSM cell tower triangulation, built into a watch-like design, helps families stay connected.

To make sure the FiLIP would be comfortable and appealing, the founder’s son was asked to choose a soft-touch material from among several samples. He selected PolyOne’s GLS™ thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) material that provides smooth, silky texture for comfort along with bright colors for an added visual appeal.

To create the product, the TPE material was overmolded onto an underlying rigid thermoplastic. Further, PolyOne colorants brought the material to life with dynamic colors such as Superhero Blue, Watermelon Red, Limesicle Green, and Awesome Orange. The GLS TPE material also stands up to the demands of active kids during outdoor play and sports, staying bright and processing easily.

Founded in 2009 by Sten Kirkbak after he briefly lost track of his young son Filip in a shopping mall, Filip Technologies, Inc. is privately held with offices in New York, N.Y. and Raleigh, N.C.

For more information, visit: www.myfilip.com

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